DuPont Industrial Biosciences today completed the expansion of their Kinston, North Carolina, manufacturing facility that produces bio-based, high-performance DuPont™ Sorona® polymer. From the expansion, DuPont has increased the facility’s capacity to produce Sorona® polymer by 25 percent. This investment is reflective of the growing demand for Sorona® polymer throughout the carpet and apparel markets and an emerging global focus on building the circular economy.
“This expansion is a direct result of the significant growth in global demand for Sorona® polymer and a testament to DuPont’s commitment to manufacturing innovative products in North Carolina,” said Michael Saltzberg, Ph.D., global business director of DuPont Biomaterials. “We are grateful for the support from partners that made this project possible including: Lenoir County Economic Development, North Carolina Community College System, Lenoir Community College, Duke Energy Corporation, North Carolina Department of Commerce and North Carolina Department of Transportation,” he added.
DuPont™ Sorona® polymer is made from 37 percent renewable plant-based ingredients and has many versatile applications. As compared to similar materials, like nylon 6, Sorona® polymer uses 30 percent less energy and releases 63 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to reducing its reliance on fossil fuels, Sorona® polymer combines eco-efficiency with function, as its high-performance qualities can be used in a variety of applications. Fibers made with Sorona® polymer exhibit exceptional softness, inherent stain resistance and uncompromising durability, offering a sustainable, high-performing material option for customers throughout the supply chain.
DuPont Industrial Biosciences employs more than 90 workers in Kinston through the manufacturing of Sorona® polymer. With the startup of the line, four additional employees also are being recruited.
“We are thrilled at the continued success of both the outstanding team at the Kinston facility, as well as all of our team members and partners that have helped to drive the success of a high-performance, sustainable polymer in the marketplace,” said René Molina, global product manager for DuPont Biomaterials.